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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

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Walking the woods, with Whitman in her knapsack, was her escape from an unhappy home life: a sexually abusive father, a neglectful mother.

The subject of these poems included the slippery green frog, stones on the beach, blueberries, a vulture’s wings, and the gorgeous bluebird.This treasure trove, put together by Oliver herself, contains poetry from her first book of poetry, Voyage and Other Poems (1963), to her most recent collection, Felicity (2015). A timely reminder that we can opt to be softer and kinder when our natural bent is to be just the reverse. the luminous writing provides respite from our crazy world and demonstrates how mindfulness can define and transform a life, moment by moment, poem by poem.

narfna on “What the stories never said: at the end of the day, if a man wants to kill you, he kills you. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite connect with her style and voice, even if I found her subject matter beautiful.

Though her lexis and subjects are deceptively simple, her ideas and overwhelming message are incredibly complex. Central to her perspective is the interconnectedness of all things, regardless of their tenuous association. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The Washington PostIts as if the poet herself has sidled beside the reader and pointed us to the poems she considers most worthy of deep consideration. Later in the book, as we approach her at a younger age, she's more metaphorical, more experimental, and, frankly, more interesting to me.

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